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Four Color In-the-Mold Swirled Soap
ingredients for the in-the-mold soap swirl

Ingredients and tools for the in-the-mold soap swirl

David Fisher
I recently got to try several new pigments and micas from Bramble Berry:

I wanted to make a 4 color swirl (5 if you count the titanium dioxide I added to the batch to make it whiter) in the slab mold. Because I wanted to have as much time as possible to do the swirling, I modified my soap recipe a bit.

I used lard instead of palm oil as my “hard” oil – lard is slower to trace than palm I took the castor oil out of the recipe – castor oil makes soap recipes get to trace much faster.

I also used a higher amount of water than I usually use. I usually use 2 times the lye amount. For this recipe, I used 2.25 the lye amount.

So my recipe for the soap was:

  • 39% olive oil
  • 35% coconut oil
  • 15% lard
  • 8% sunflower oil
  • 3% cocoa butter


  • 13.2 ounces olive oil
  • 11.9 ounces coconut oil
  • 5 ounces lard
  • 2.7 ounces sunflower oil
  • 1 ounce cocoa butter

  • 10.9 ounces water
  • 4.87 ounces lye

  • 1 tablespoon titanium dioxide
  • 1 teaspoon each of the pigments and mica

  • 1.5 ounces of essential oil blend

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